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Forum Post: Unemployment is bad but the new work culture under the strain of this economy can KILL you

Posted 7 years ago on Feb. 3, 2013, 10:58 a.m. EST by elf3 (4149)
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Stress, Portrait of a Killer - Full Documentary (2008)


The American Workplace and Bullying The growth of the service sector economy and the dynamics of high-pressure corporate work environments have combined to fuel the likelihood that workplace bullying will occur with greater frequency. Because service-sector work is so dependent on personal interaction, it becomes a form of “emotional labor” in which the psychological consequences of work, both positive and negative, are easily exacerbated, especially in comparison to the more mundane yet steady working conditions of a manufacturing plant. Frequent, ongoing personal interaction between workers often becomes a basic element of a job, especially in work arrangements between supervisors and subordinates. The more people interact, the more likely it is that personalities will clash.

This is especially true when employees must confront economic pressures, layoffs, and the challenges of doing more work with fewer resources. In fact, Baron & Neuman found that popular cost-cutting measures such as downsizing and layoffs, and organizational changes such as corporate restructuring, were “significantly related” to acts of “verbal aggression and obstructionism” in the workplace (Baron & Neuman, 1998). Hornstein, examining the corporate work environment of the early 1990s, described a “siege mentality” whereby managers felt “that they must stamp down subordinates to stay on top of things and alive” (Hornstein, 1996, p. 29). This environment “ignited explosions of brutality both from innate bullies who thrive on their mistreatment of others and from overburdened bosses who might never have behaved that way in less stressful times” (Hornstein, 1996,)




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[-] 1 points by elf3 (4149) 7 years ago

Getting past the unemployment hurdle is step one sorry all you recent college grads step two will not be putting your learned skills to good use but will resemble Lord of the Flies hope you took some psychology courses too.

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 7 years ago

It's been the lord of the flies for years now, over and over, but getting more serious each time around.

Another prediction is that the fact of the behaviors will be understood as originating with our unconscious existence. The implications of us acknowledging even a little of it can make huge differences.

Have you seen the graphic depicting the proportions of conscious and unconscious existence?